This photo, in which three American soldiers lie dead in the sand on Buna Beach in New Guinea, was taken in February 1943, but was not published until September. It was the first time an image of dead American troops appeared in LIFE during World War II without the bodies being draped, in coffins, or otherwise covered up. George Strock’s Buna Beach photo — now acknowledged as a war classic — and other equally gruesome and graphic pictures were finally OK’d by the Office of War Information’s censors, in part because President Roosevelt feared that the American public might be growing complacent about the war and its horrific toll.
“The Toll in the Pacific: Buna Beach, 1943”
- Injured Marine is lifted by a litter hoist, 1945 — Wounded on Okinawa, a Marine is lifted by a litter hoist from a landing craft to a Navy hospital ship on October 14, 1945. This type of hoist is used when rough water makes typing up at the gangway of the hospital ship hazardous. Share the History Love... [...]
- V-J Celebration in St. Louis, 1945 — V-J Day celebration on Washington Avenue in St. Louis with two young women riding on the hood of a car, 1945. Share the History Love... [...]
- Alexander Milliner: Washington’s favorite drummer boy — Alexander Milliner enlisted as a drummer boy who served in Gen. Washington’s Life Guard unit. He was reportedly a favorite of Washington’s, often playing at his personal request. He was present at the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth – where he was shot in the thigh after a bullet passed through his drum – Saratoga, White Plains, [...]
- Navy nurses receiving packages from home, WWII — Two recently arrived Navy nurses at a Navy Hospital in the South Pacific (possibly Guadalcanal) receive their first package from home. It includes books, candy and lounging pajamas. Share the History Love... [...]
- “In the Badlands,” 1904 — Three Native Americans are shown on horseback with the Badlands silhouetted behind them. Edward Sheriff Curtis took this photograph, titled “In the Badlands”, in 1904. Share the History Love... [...]